Family background and values
I came from a small middle income Singaporean Family and am the only child. My parents are hard workers and my parents had big family with more than 10 kids. My dad’s parents had migrated from communist China in the 1930s, to Singapore in search of a prosperity and dream of better living standards and opportunities. They had to work as labourers and had 11 children. The youngest was adopted as they couldn’t cope to feed and clothe 11 kids.
My dad as an inspiration
Although born healthy, my dad contracted polio due to high fever while a toddler. It was a case of ‘self-medication to save cost’ for a migrant family struggling to make ends meet.
My dad wasn’t given the opportunity to go to school. To the traditional Chinese family, my grand parents couldn’t afford and didn’t see the value of ‘wasting’ their limited resources to a child that wouldn’t be as much use to society and capability to support the family. However, my dad wasn’t going to let that deter him.
He was invited to church by a missionary one day, being noticed that he was not in school and outside playing marbles by alone.
That became his journey of self-worth and esteem: Learning to read and write, discovered he had talent in singing, playing the guitar. A people person, he developed leadership qualities and being personable, Dad had organised church group activities, began counselling and inspiring others who were unsure of themselves of their capabilities.
While growing up, I remembered my childhood was surrounded by many adults friends who appreciated my dad’s friendly and helpful personality. My mom had gone back to work in Banking industry after I turned 3 and she was independently earning, saving and consuming. We were never lack of the basic necessities. In the 1980s to 2000s the world was experiencing exponential growth.
My parents managed an upgrade to a nice apartment and could afford my education. However, they were time poor, made unwise financial decisions, overspent or over lent, while meant that we have to downgrade and sell the house. This cycle happened six times throughout. Life, which was meant to be well and simple, was not because, with prosperity and media portraying wealth through acquiring material things and investing and following masses, I observed a society growing fast in debt.
Finding the right balance in a fast developing world of consumerism
Seeing my parents working a lot and struggling with finding the right balance, I wanted to be independent and started working at 15. I started my career working in the hospitality industry as a receptionist in Calton Hotel
and then I worked as a Front Office Secretary from the age of 17 to 20, whilst studying part-time to earn a business and tourism degree. On completion, I went onto pursue a career in Events Management and Marketing for a boutique Marketing Agency that served blue chip clients, such as Hewlett Packard and Adobe Asia Pacific.
Working in marketing to support Fortune 500 IT companies was exciting. I was planning and supporting events, product launches and promotional campaigns. I was getting a lot of exposure to new products, competition branding and how to position and stand out and attract consumers to buy into all these electronic consumer goods and the latest innovations.
I was conscious that as emerging economy, we very quickly grew to become a society of must-haves. Consumers being brand conscious and having the constant material desire to attain the latest gadgets. It was luxury car, watches million dollar apartments, high street label bags were high on the desire list for most of the working class folks.
Be sure the fortune that you seek, is the fortune that you need
The pace of developing city life was fast being too quick in Singapore. Some fortune souls would find balance, many feel stuck in the rat race. It became my mission to find that is the right balance for me. What I desire and what I would consider having and nurturing wealth.
Retreat to rethink and reconnect
I felt I had to move away from the city living to find peace and reconnecting with nature and in a different environment. Having visited Australia and New Zealand for work and pleasure, I desired in 2004 that New Zealand would be where I would work and live. I didn’t know, how this was going to happen. Visualising my dream lifestyle and environment became a reality in 2008.
Challenge of moving to a new environment was not unfounded
Coming from a tropical and urban country, moving to New Zealand hasn’t been easy but it was a welcome challenged. I had to tune to a positive thought frequency when the first year we were renting in a place that had no heating. Adjusting to the climate, seeking work and opportunities to secure residence, making new friends and growing networks and recognition in the business community seemed like a uphill climb in the first 4 years. I was still finding myself and building my identity.
How I worked through my emotional barriers
The first 2 years moving to a new country was tough.
In my own mind, I often had conflicting and negative thoughts that I couldn’t find a job in this new environment. That I was competing against locals who has established networks and family support. I have to build credibility from scratch and it was going to be an uphill battle.
I was fortunate to be able to talk to a few friends and took the time to work with a few wellness therapies on creating my desired life. Being a marketer, I developed tools and question that I found I needed to ask myself and set myself a few goals to attain.
I also changed my mental attitude that ‘every day is a new opportunity and challenge. As long as we continue to vibrate a positive “I can and I will” attitude, things that you desire can happen.
Fulfilling my dreams and desires
I desired a partner who loves the ocean.
Living in an environment where we could wake up to the sound of waves.
Be able to dive, fish, surf and in winter snowboard.
Have a vegetable garden for fresh green produce.
To share my love of belly dancing as an art form, I started teaching in New Zealand since 2008 and met many lovely ladies who continue to inspire and support each other in their own ways. I am also very grateful that I have this gift and sharing this art of movement has helped ladies with their confidence, poise and posture.
Accounting my journey as it continues…
Through my journey, I found my desire and passion. Helping people define their purpose, mission and balance life.
As a marketer, I work to help entrepreneurs and businesses define their mission, their product or service value and markets that they like to engage with, while attaining balanced revenue of income and time to enjoy what is valuable to them. Almost always, people tell me is that they would like to spend quality moments and time to be with people that matters.
If we fail to plan, we plan to fail.
So if you have decided that NOW is a good time to take control and work towards your desired life.
You know what is important to you and have a strong desire and will to make the changes necessary.
I urge you to start by completing FREE Life Balance Review .
Talk about it, sharing it with the people that matter to you. Get your family on board to support your growth.
Connect with people or group to share this is invaluable and will help you engage in the necessary action.
If you would like to discuss this review with me in confidence and work through a progress plan to chart a life balance and success strategy, I welcome you to connect with me.
Rosalina Pang: Founder, Digital Marketing Strategist, Belly dance instructor and Life Balance Guide
Phone: +64 6 7591739 Mobile or text: +64 27 739-1380
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